CBS has canceled Monday and Tuesday's installments of “The Talk” this week as it investigates a heated exchange at the beginning of last Wednesday’s episode between co-hosts Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood, Deadline reported Sunday.
Staff of the show were notified of the decision over the weekend.
CBS released a statement Friday night stating: “We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace. All matters related to the Wednesday episode of “The Talk” are currently under internal review.”
Osborne became combative on Wednesday’s show during a discussion with Underwood about her support for former “Good Morning Britain” host Piers Morgan following his comments about Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and how he didn't believe that she had suicidal thoughts.
Underwood said that “while you are standing by your friend, it appears that you are giving validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist.”
Osbourne responded by saying that “I feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair, because I have a friend who many people think is racist, so that makes me a racist.”
She then requested that Underwood be very precise in illustrating in what way she thinks that Morgan has been racist.
After the show, Osbourne posted on Twitter an apology about the exchange to “anyone of colour that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused, or let down by what I said.”
She added that “I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive, & allowed my fear & horror of being accused of being racist take over.”
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